Communicating by computer -- whether it is with messaging systems or documents -- can be a quicker and more efficient way to take care of business, but when screens replace faces, it's difficult to tell the mood behind the message. Emoticons, created from the words "emotion" and "icons," offer a way to type small textual characters representing emotional expression. No actual images or graphics are required; smiles, frowns, yawns and everything in between are formed using keystrokes. You can even enlarge your emoticons to make a bigger emotional impact.
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Enlarge emoticons in Microsoft Word by highlighting the characters. Click the "Home" tab at the top of the workspace. Click the "Font Size" drop-down menu and choose a larger number from the list.
Make emoticons in Photoshop larger. Open the Photoshop document and review the "Layers" palette. If you don't see it on the right side of the screen, pull down the "Window" menu and select "Layers" to open it. Double click the layer on which the emoticon appears; it will be symbolised by a "T" in a white box. The emoticon becomes highlighted on the Photoshop canvas. Choose a larger font from the font size drop-down menu at the top of the Photoshop screen. Note: Only Photoshop images with the PSD extension have layers; images converted to graphic files -- such as JPGs -- do not.
Increase the size of emoticons in Microsoft Excel. Click inside the cell holding the emoticon. If the emoticon stretches over multiple cells, highlight all of them. Click the "Home" tab and choose a larger font size from the "Font Size" drop-down menu.
Change the size of your emoticons in Windows Paint. Click the text box containing the emoticon on the Paint canvas. Highlight the emoticon and click the new "Text" tab above the ribbon. Pull down the text size menu and choose a new larger size. If you've clicked out of the text box, double click the emoticon to open the text box again, as well as the "Text" tab and ribbon.
Show your emotions with more emphasis in Yahoo! Messenger. Type the emoticon into the chat box. Highlight the emoticon and pull down the text size menu. Select a larger size.
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